American Heart Association Development Director (Walk) in Bonita Springs, Florida


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The American Heart Association (AHA) has an excellent opportunity for a Heart Walk Fundraising Director for our Lee County, FL Market. This position will be responsible for driving fundraising growth for the annual Heart Walk through executive volunteer recruitment, volunteer management, and cause marketing sponsorship solicitation.

Primary Responsibilities Include :

  • Responsible for fundraising growth for the Heart Walk campaign through executive volunteer recruitment, volunteer management, corporate fundraising teams, and cause marketing sponsorship solicitation.

  • Managing all levels of volunteers to achieve fundraising goals with an emphasis on the "C" Suite

  • Developing comprehensive fundraising plans with executive level volunteers and implementing them to ensure the success of a company's Heart Walk goal through best practice strategies.

  • Identify creative ways to motivate and interact with Heart Walk Team Captains and Walkers to ensure retention year over year for Heart Walk.

  • Maintain consistent communication with all levels of volunteers to drive fundraising efforts within Heart Walk companies, timely follow-up is required

  • Cultivating and coaching volunteer executive leadership committee members to achieve fundraising goals including working with executive level volunteers to recruit new companies to the Heart Walk

  • Securing and managing high dollar corporate sponsorships

  • Ability to keep a large group of customers on track and motivated to reach goals

  • Expected to meet monthly fundraising goals and recruitment targets

  • Cross selling other fundraising campaigns in coordination with others

  • Maintaining an ongoing pipeline of potential sponsors and donors

  • Adherence to best practices and event timelines is required Successful candidates will ideally have a background in volunteer management, face to face sales or fundraising as well as exceptional networking skills. You will be expected to meet monthly and quarterly sponsorship dollar pipeline goals in order to achieve your fundraising goal. Adherence to best practices and event timelines is required.


  • Bachelor's degree and minimum 3 years' experience in management of special events fundraising or sales.

  • Ability to close face to face sales and sponsorships.

  • Strong volunteer recruitment and management skills, demonstrated ability to provide a high level of customer service and motivation to business and social leaders.

  • Excellent planning, organizational and follow-up skills.

  • Demonstrated professional and mature interaction with other staff and leadership volunteers, sponsors, donors and others to engage them toward the achievement of event goals.

  • Strong computer skills, proficient with MS Office suite.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Willingness and ability to travel throughout the affiliate and to the national center and work evenings and weekends as needed.

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